child protection + anti-cheating

Wade Brainerd wadetb at
Mon Jan 12 00:33:17 EST 2009

Something I hope will end up in Sugar someday are more classroom
management tools.

Maine's Apple-based classroom laptop system gives the teacher the
ability to remotely watch the screens of all the kids in the room.  No
need to stand at the back of the classroom.

Just the knowledge that the teacher is capable of doing this is
usually enough to keep kids from IMing answers to each other.

Perhaps a 'Classroom' activity will make it onto the AT proposals list :)


On 1/10/09, Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 11:25 PM, Chris Ball <cjb at> wrote:
>>   > How do we prevent cheating between students?
>> You can't prevent this.
> Exactly. I've been working with online tools for education for ~8
> years now, and it's interesting to note - paper+pen technology does
> not prevent cheating either.
> A few times I've been confronted with "this cannot possibly be used in
> education until there is no way of cheating with it", ignoring that
> books, pen and paper are *great* for cheating. And also for smuggling
> questionable printed materials into school too -- books and folders
> can hide magazines with porn or political manifestos.
> Ban paper, put anyone who owns a printer in jail :-)
> cheers,
> martin
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